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Vulgar Opinions: Maple Leafs @ Sabres (1-29-13) Stars and Black Holes


I used to do this piece over on my personal blog before I shut it down, and then again on Twitter, but that didn’t leave much room for discussion.  So I’m bringing it here, the Criminally Vulgar Stars and Black Holes of the game!  This year, I’m adding new wrinkles, the Unsung Hero, and the Unseen Goat.  As always, first, second and third stars get players a +3, +2, and +1 respectively, and the black holes do the opposite.  Unsung Hero and Unseen Goat will be +/- 1.


  1. Christian Ehrhoff – Dude played 28:28, had 4 SOG and an assist.
  2. Marcus Foligno – His best game by far.  Two assists.
  3. Mikhail Grigorenko – Gotta love the goal, even with him being a -2.

Unsung Hero(es):

  1. Steve Ott – Was 16-3 on faceoffs.  Um…wow.
  2. Mike Weber – I have to give him credit for playing 2:20 short-handed and not being a complete mess.
  3. Drew Stafford – Was a force to be reckoned with even though he didn’t show up much on the statsheet.

Black Holes:

    1. Ryan Miller – I should probably blame Leopold, but that last goal was just gross.
    2. Jordan Leopold – See above
    3. John Scott – I really have no idea why you play.

Unseen Goat:

  • Jochen Hecht – That penalty was just dumb, especially considering he’s one of our best penalty killing forwards.


Awarding +3, +2, +1, +1, and minus the same for the stars and black holes:

  1. Thomas Vanek (+9)
  2. Jason Pominville (+7)
  3. Steve Ott (+3)
  4. Christian Ehrhoff (+3)
  5. Robyn Regehr (+2)
  6. Ryan Miller (+1)
  7. Mikhail Grigorenko (+1)
  8. Mike Weber (+1)
  9. Jochen Hecht (0)
  10. Andrej Sekera (0)
  11. Marcus Foligno (0)
  12. Matt Ellis (0)
  13. T.J. Brennan (0)
  14. Alexander Sulzer (0)
  15. Ville Leino (0)
  16. Cody McCormick (0)
  17. Jhonas Enroth (-1)
  18. Drew Stafford (-1)
  19. Jordan Leopold (-2)
  20. John Scott (-2)
  21. Patrick Kaleta (-2)
  22. Nathan Gerbe (-3)
  23. Cody Hodgson (-3)
  24. Tyler Ennis (-3)
  25. Tyler Myers (-10)


One Comment leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    01/29/13 10:26 PM

    Myers was solid tonight..finally… D needs to stop chasing and settle down a bit… Last goal sucked but it was just a bad bounce. Did you see that thing hopping all over the place. Same could be said for the cross bar goal, just two god awful bounces for us… Although lil stronger d, and net minding those don’t go in but with no preseason and 6 games in ill give a small pass… Got a point. Looked better but not great….

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